Senate Democrats Reintroduce Legislation to Tax Carried Interest at Ordinary Income Rates

A group of Senate Democrats introduced legislation this week that would tax carried interest capital gains income at ordinary income tax rates of up to 40.8%. (Bloomberg Tax April 16)

Carried Interest Proposals

  • The Carried Interest Fairness Act was introduced on April 15 by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) along with Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joe Manchin (WV), and several other Democratic co-sponsors.
  • According to Sen. Brown, the change would raise $6.5 billion in revenue over 10 years. The Senators introduced a similar bill in 2021. (Sen. Brown news release; Crain Currency, April 16)
  • This week’s carried interest bill is part of a broader effort by congressional Democrats to position legislative changes in anticipation of the expiration of 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provisions at the end of 2025. The approaching expiration of those individual provisionsis likely to drive tax negotiations next year into what some policymakers have referred to as the “Super Bowl of Tax.” (Bloomberg Tax, Jan. 4 and Axios, Feb. 16)

Democratic Proposals

FY2025 proposed Biden administration budget
  • President Biden’s 2025 budget also proposes taxing all carried interest as ordinary income. Most of the Biden tax agenda is carried over from his prior budgets. (Roundtable Weekly, March 15 and March 8 | White House Fact Sheet, March 11)
  • Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation last year to treat the grant of carried interest as deemed compensation in the form of an interest-free loan from the limited partners to the general partner (GP). (Bloomberg Tax, Nov. 15, 2023)
  • The Roundtable has consistently opposed these and similar proposals since 2007 for failing to recognize that carried interest is actually granted for the value a General Partner adds beyond routine services, such as business acumen, experience, and relationships.  Carried interest also reflects a recognition of the risks the GP takes with respect to the partnership’s liabilities—e.g., funding predevelopment costs, guaranteeing construction budgets, and potential litigation.
  • Carried interest changes would also harm small businesses, stifle entrepreneurs and sweat equity, and threaten future improvements and infrastructure in neglected areas. They would increase the cost of building or improving infrastructure, workforce housing, and other socially desirable projects.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created a three-year holding period requirement for carried interest to qualify for the reduced 20% long-term capital gains rate.

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Proposed Carried Interest Provisions, Opposed by Real Estate Industry, Cut From Reconciliation Bill

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) at RER's 2022 Spring MeetingProposed changes to the taxation of carried interest were cut from Senate Democrats’ broad Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) yesterday at the request of centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The Roundtable and 14 other national real estate organizations wrote to all members of Congress on Aug. 3 in strong opposition to the measure. (Coalition letter, Aug. 3 | Wall Street Journal, Aug. 4 |Tax Notes, Aug. 5). Photo above: Sen. Sinema at The Roundtable’s 2022 Spring Meeting.

Vote on Revised Reconciliation Bill 

  • Sinema announced her decision in a statement released Thursday night, commenting she would “move forward” with the $790 billion reconciliation bill after removal of the carried interest provision—subject to the Senate Parliamentarian’s review of the revised bill.
  • Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that the chamber will begin consideration of the bill on Aug. 6, setting up a weekend process of around-the-clock votes on hundreds of amendments to the bill.
  • Real Estate Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer commented today, “The wide-ranging climate measures in the revised bill include the most extensive clean energy investments ever considered by Congress—a positive step welcomed by the real estate industry. We are also pleased to see that carried interest provisions in the original version of the Inflation Reduction Act are out, since they would have clearly harmed the residential and commercial real estate industries, job creation and the economy.” 

Real Estate’s Carried Interest Opposition 

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  • The real estate coalition urged policymakers to preserve current carried interest law and detailed major concerns with the proposed changes to carried interest that were in the original IRA, brokered last week between Sens. Schumer and Joe Manchin (D-WV). (Coalition letter, Aug. 3 and Roundtable Weekly, July 29)
  • The Aug. 3 coalition letter noted, “The carried interest proposal would slow housing production, discourage the capital needed to reimagine buildings to meet post-pandemic business needs, hamper job creation and create an additional unknown in an already confusing economic environment.”
  • The real estate coalition letter concluded, “Now is not the time to impose a tax increase on the countless Americans who use partnerships to develop, own, and operate housing and other commercial real estate. We urge you to preserve current tax law as it relates to carried interest.” 

Senate Considers Changes 

Capitol 3 flags flying

  • Senate Democrats are making additional changes to the package, including adjusting the minimum tax on corporations and adding a 1% excise tax on stock buybacks. (New York Times, Aug. 4 and Punchbowl News, Aug. 5)
  • Before a final Senate vote can be held, the Senate Parliamentarian must ensure the bill complies with special budget reconciliation rules, which require provisions directly relate to spending and revenue—not policy.
  • One hurdle before the Parliamentarian is a clean energy tax credit that proposes a bonus incentive to developers who pay prevailing wages on certain projects. If it is determined to be a policy change, it will be dropped from the bill. (POLITICO Power Switch, Aug. 3)
  • A number of the IRA’s proposed revisions to the federal tax code could leverage greater private sector investments in clean energy building technologies, including:
    • A deduction to help make commercial and multifamily buildings more energy efficient (Section 179D),

    • A credit to encourage investments in renewable energy generation and other low carbon equipment such as solar panels, energy storage, and combined heat and power systems (Section 48), and

    • A credit to incentivize installations of EV charging stations (Section 30C). 

The Roundtable continues to work with its policy advisory committees and national real estate organization partners to assess how details in the bill language could impact CRE. These policies will be a focus of discussion during The Roundtable’s Sept. 20-21 Fall Meeting in Washington, DC. 

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Sens. Schumer and Manchin Agree on Reconciliation Bill With Carried Interest and Energy Efficiency Provisions

Sens. Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer

An unexpected agreement announced Wednesday night between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), above right, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), left, on a $790 billion reconciliation proposal includes $14 billion in increased taxes on carried interest and a 15% corporate minimum tax—in addition to $369 billion in climate spending that affects “clean energy” measures important to commercial real estate.

Senate Democrats are hoping to pass some version of the Schumer-Manchin language on a party-line vote before the upper chamber begins its summer recess on Aug. 8. (Senate Democrats’ joint statement and one-page bill summary, July 27 | Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, July 28)

Legislative Details

Reconciliation Bill - Roundtable Town Hall

  • Today, The Real Estate Roundtable held an all-member virtual town hall to discuss major provisions within the 725-page Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. The Roundtable is working with its policy advisory committees and national real estate organization partners to assess how details in the bill language could impact CRE.
     
  • Real Estate Roundtable President Jeffrey DeBoer stated, “The Roundtable is engaged with policymakers and Capitol Hill staff on the potential impact of the proposed bill on real estate capital formation, economic growth, clean energy investments, and affordable housing development. The industry is working together to mitigate any negative consequences for CRE before policymakers hold an eventual vote on a final bill.”

Taxes & Clean Energy

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  • The IRA’s largest tax increase is a new 15% corporate minimum tax on businesses with profits over $1B whose reported book income exceeds reported taxable income. The measure is estimated to raise $313B. The package also includes protections that would preserve the value of the low-income housing tax credit for investors (typically large banks) that use the credit to reduce their effective tax rate.
  • The smallest tax increase would raise $14B in revenue by extending the capital gains holding period requirement for carried interest from 3 years to 5 years, although there is an exemption for real estate. Additionally, there are technical reforms to the holding period rules for measuring the 3- or 5-year holding period. (Deloitte Tax News & Views, July 29)
  • The carried interest holding period change includes a real estate exception for gain associated with assets used in a real property trade or business. The language in the IRA on carried interest is identical to text in the House Ways and Means Committee’s previous reconciliation bill last year—language that was dropped from the version that passed the full House. (Roundtable Weekly, Sept. 17, 2021)
  • The Schumer-Manchin agreement also proposes significant reforms to Section 179D—the tax code’s main provision to incentivize energy efficient commercial buildings. The 179D reforms are geared to encourage more existing building “retrofits” although maximum incentives amounts depend on compliance with heightened wage and labor standards.
  • Tax incentives are also included to encourage investments in solar panels, energy storage, and EV charging stations. (See Summary of the bill’s Energy Security and Climate Change Investments)

Timeline

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  • There are several challenges to the Senate Democrats’ timeline for passage of the bill in early August. 
  • Senate Democrats need all 50 members of their caucus present for an eventual budget reconciliation vote, along with Vice President Kamala Harris to break an anticipated tie with 50 Republicans. Yet Covid-19 infections have caused recent absences. (The Hill, July 28) 
  • The bill was sent to Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough to see if it conforms with reconciliation budget rules, a process that will spill over into next week. (BGov, July 29)
  • Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema is a key centrist vote, considering she has long opposed changes to the taxation of carried interest. Sinema’s spokesperson Hannah Hurley said yesterday that the Senator is “reviewing the text and will need to review what comes out of the parliamentarian process.” (BGov, July 29) 

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Roundtable CEO Questions Wisdom of Administration’s Proposed Carried Interest Tax Increase

Jeffrey DeBoer, Real Estate Roundtable President and CEO

This week, Real Estate Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer, above, challenged the Administration’s recently proposed budget, which would recharacterize nearly all real estate carried interest as ordinary income, in Bisnow, a prominent commercial real estate media outlet. (Bisnow, April 13) 

Taxing Carried Interest as Ordinary Income 

  • President Biden’s budget includes tax proposals recycled from last year that failed to pass congressional  negotiations, including taxing long-term capital gains at ordinary income rates – and taxing carried interest in real estate partnerships as ordinary income. (Roundtable Weekly, April 1) 
  • In Bisnow’sTaxing Carried Interest as Ordinary Income: The Idea that Never Dies, but Never Becomes Law Either,” DeBoer noted, “The president’s carried interest budget proposal would, for the first time, limit capital gain tax treatment to the return on cash and cash-equivalent investment. This would ignore the reality that real estate owners and developers bear significant financial risks beyond their capital contribution.”
  • DeBoer added, “The capital gains tax incentive has always recognized and rewarded other factors beyond just invested cash, including the assumption of construction, litigation and market risk, as well as the sweat equity associated with owning investment real estate.
  • Targeting tax evaders and illegal transactions is appropriate, DeBoer noted, but he emphasized that penalizing entrepreneurship and discouraging noncash risk-taking by recharacterizing all carried interest as ordinary income would be a mistake.
  • Proposals to recharacterize carried interest as ordinary income have been introduced in Congress perennially since 2007. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a provision extending the holding period requirement from one to three years for carried interest to qualify for the reduced long-term capital gains tax rate. 

Carried interest and other tax issues outlined in The Roundtable’s recently released 2022 Policy Agenda will be discussed during the April 25-26 Spring Meeting (Roundtable-level members only) in Washington DC.  

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Real Estate Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Preserve Longstanding Carried Interest Tax Rules

The need for policymakers to preserve longstanding tax law governing partnerships and profits interests – carried interest – was the focus of a June 16 letter sent by The Real Estate Roundtable and 14 other national real estate organizations to congressional tax writers. 

Pending Proposals

  • The Biden administration’s budget includes a proposal to tax carried interest as ordinary income.  The Biden proposal, as well as pending House legislation (the Carried Interest Fairness Act, H.R. 1068), would result in an enormous tax increase on Americans who use partnerships to develop, own, and operate real estate. (Roundtable Weekly, Feb. 27 and April 30)
  • The real estate coalition’s letter emphasized that the proposed changes to taxation of carried interest would:
    • Increase the cost to construct or improve real estate and infrastructure, including workforce housing, senior living communities, industrial properties or investments that support economic inclusion or bring environmental benefits; 
    • Create unintended consequences for local communities. Property taxes on real estate contribute 75 percent of local tax revenue and provide a stable and reliable source of funding for critical public services like education and law enforcement; 
    • Create new tax barriers during the post-COVID era as buildings throughout the country need to be repurposed and converted.

Reality vs. Perception

  • The industry letter to policymakers also countered the false narrative that the carried interest issue targets only a handful of hedge fund billionaires and Wall Street executives. The letter notes the following realities:
    • The IRS reports that real estate partnerships represent half of the four million partnerships in the United States. These two million partnerships and their 8.6 million partners who own and operate multifamily rental housing, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, distribution centers, senior living communities, and other commercial real estate in every town, city, and region of the country would face damaging impacts.
    • Carried interest involves recognition of the risks a general partner takes, including the funding of predevelopment costs; guaranteeing construction budgets and financing; and exposure to potential litigation.

Retroactive Change

  • The letter also notes that current proposals would limit capital gain treatment only to taxpayers who have cash to invest. Those who invest entrepreneurial innovation, risk taking, and sweat equity would no longer receive capital gain treatment.
  • The proposals would also apply retroactively to partnership agreements executed years, often decades, earlier.  Changing the tax treatment of proposals agreed to years earlier would undermine the predictability of the tax system and discourage long-term investment that encourages economic growth, according to the letter.

The Roundtable’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) met June 16 during The Roundtable’s Annual Meeting to discuss the carried interest proposals and the current tax legislative landscape in Washington. 

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Legislation Reintroduced in the House to Change Taxation of Carried Interest

A group of House Democrats led by Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, introduced the Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2021 (H.R. 1068) on Feb. 16. For taxpayers with a profits interest in a partnership that invests in capital assets, such as stock and real estate, the bill would convert long-term capital gain to ordinary income. (Pensions & Investments and Bisnow, Feb. 16)

  • As currently drafted, the House legislation would apply to dispositions of partnership interests, distributions of partnership property, and sales of partnership assets that occur in tax years ending after the date of enactment. Thus, if the bill became law this summer or fall, and a partnership’s tax year corresponded with the calendar year, the tax increase would apply to gains realized after December 31, 2020. There is no provision that would exempt or grandfather prior partnership agreements, even though the agreements were negotiated based on well-settled tax law as it existed at the time.
  • The top individual income tax rate today is 37%. The current maximum tax rate on long-term capital gain is 20%.  In some cases, an additional 3.8% tax on net investment income also applies. 
  • The six co-sponsors of H.R. 1068 are Reps. Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Judy Chu (D-CA), Andy Levin (D-MI), Katie Porter (D-CA) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY). (Rep. Pascrell news release, Feb. 16).  Similar legislation has been introduced in every Congress since 2010.
  • In the Senate, incoming Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) outlined his tax agenda during a Jan. 13 call with reporters, including plans to move forward with an increase in the corporate tax rate and major changes in the taxation of individual capital gains. Wyden added he would also pursue raising the current 21% corporate tax rate and change the tax treatment of carried interest (Roundtable Weekly, Jan. 15).
  • During the Presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden did not put forward a carried interest proposal, but rather proposed raising the maximum tax rate on long-term capital gains to create rate parity with wages, rental income, and other sources of ordinary income. 

The Roundtable & Carried Interest

  • The Roundtable has consistently opposed proposals to tax all carried interest at ordinary income rates. Congress likewise has consistently rejected proposals to recharacterize all profits interests as ordinary income. Carried interest is not compensation for services.  General partners receive fees for routine services like leasing and property management.  Those fees are taxed at ordinary tax rates.  The carried interest is granted for the value the general partner adds to the venture beyond routine services, such as business acumen, experience, and relationships.  It is also recognition of the risks the general partner takes with respect to the general partnership’s liabilities, such as predevelopment costs and potential litigation. 
  • “Taxing carried interest at ordinary income rates would discourage the risk taking and sweat equity that drives job creation and economic growth,” said Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer. “It would encourage real estate owners to borrow more money to avoid taking on equity partners, and it would make it more expensive to build or improve real estate and infrastructure, including workforce housing, assisted living communities, and industrial properties, to name just a few. Some development simply won’t happen, especially in long-neglected neighborhoods or on land with potential environmental contamination,” DeBoer added.
  • The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 created a 3-year holding period requirement for carried interest to qualify for the long-term capital gains rate.

As Congress considers additional economic recovery legislation, The Roundtable and its Tax Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) will continue working with policymakers, including the Congressional tax-writing committees, to preserve and improve tax rules that promote capital formation and the appropriate treatment of entrepreneurial activity and productive risk-taking.   

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Roundtable Commends Aspects of Proposed Carried Interest Regulations While Recommending Further Clarifications and Improvements

The Real Estate Roundtable on Oct. 5 submitted detailed comments to the Treasury Department and IRS on proposed regulations implementing the 3-year holding period requirement for carried interests to qualify for long-term capital gain treatment.  (Roundtable comment letter)

  • Treasury on July 31 released the proposed rules under IRS Section 1061 to address the specific conditions that apply to the 3-year holding period requirement passed by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017.  (Roundtable Weekly, Aug. 7)
  • The Roundtable commended the agencies for a balanced approach on certain key issues addressed in regulations – yet recommended further clarifications and improvements to the proposed rules to retain the original intent of Congress.  
  • The Roundtable’s comments note that the IRS rules include a number of well-designed provisions that should help avoid unintended consequences when the 3-year holding period is implemented, including:

—  The 3-year requirement is limited to the gain from a sale or exchange of a capital asset – and excludes gain from property used in a trade business (Section 1231 gain). 

—  A useful “look-through” rule to help ensure REIT dividends paid to shareholders receive the same long-term gain treatment that would apply to assets owned individually or in partnership form.

—  A sensible exclusion to ensure a partner’s own capital contributions to the partnership are not subject to re-characterization under section 1061.

Recommendations for Additional Clarifications and Improvements

The Roundtable comment letter also recommends certain changes to the proposed regulations to bring the rules more in line with the legislative intent when Congress enacted section 1061.  The Roundtable recommendations include the following:

  • Provide a safe harbor to allow funds borrowed by a general partner to qualify as a capital interest in the partnership.  Investors frequently require a general partner to co-invest in the partnership to align the parties’ interests.  These co-investments often are financed with loans from the investors.  The proposed regulations would undermine the economics of these arrangements. The 3-year holding period would apply when an investment is made with funds borrowed from the other investors in the partnership.  The Roundtable recommends that the Treasury narrow the broad restriction on borrowed funds by creating a safe harbor for non-abusive situations.
  • Prevent improper acceleration of tax liability when a partnership interest is transferred in a nonrecognition transaction.  Section 1061(d) creates certain tax consequences for transfers of partnership interests to related parties.  The proposed regulations broadly interpret section 1061(d) to override other nonrecognition provisions in the tax code by requiring the inclusion of gross income as a result of such transfers.  The Roundtable recommends that Treasury narrow its current interpretation of the provision to avoid accelerating tax liability in the case of transfers of partnership interests to related parties in nonrecognition transactions.
  • Avoid casting too broad a net on partnerships covered by the 3-year holding period.  Congress limited section 1061 to partnership interests in businesses that raise or return capital on a regular, continuous, and substantial basis.  The proposed rules, however, largely disregard this prong of the test and could capture many real estate arrangements unintended by lawmakers, including joint ventures, operating partnerships, and others.  The Roundtable recommends that Treasury limit application of the provision to businesses that meet the statutory requirements. 

Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer concludes the letter by noting, “Congress . . . narrowly drafted section 1061 to apply to specific situations.  Our comments our aimed at preserving the drafters’ intent while avoiding unnecessary disruption to common, everyday real estate partnerships—small and large—throughout the country.”

The recommendations were developed by The Roundtable’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC).

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Proposed Carried Interest Regulations Would Create Complex Regime for Taxing Partnership Profits’ Interests

Proposed carried interest regulations released by the Treasury Department on July 31 would implement the three-year holding period requirement enacted in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017.  TCJA restricted eligibility for the reduced long-term capital gains rate in the case of certain capital gain allocated to a profits interest in a partnership if the investment is held for less than three years. 

  • The proposed rules under section 1061 represent the first formal Treasury regulations on the issue of carried interest since it emerged as a controversial political issue in 2007.
  • The 3-year holding period requirement reflects a compromise approach developed by key tax-writers during the 2017 tax reform debate.
  • Members of The Roundtable’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) reviewed and discussed the proposed carried interest regulations on August 3. Critically, the 3-year holding period would not apply to property used in a trade or business (section 1231 gain).  In addition, the rules would permit REITs to report capital gains dividends in a manner that facilitates look-through treatment.  Thus, REIT shareholders could take into account whether the underlying REIT gain relates to property that meets the 3-year requirement or relates to property excluded from the rule because it gives rise to section 1231 gain.
  • Certain other aspects of the proposed rules appear less favorable.  For example, the regulations take an expansive view of what constitutes an “applicable partnership interest” subject to the regime.  The exemption for capital gain that relates to a partner’s capital interest involves complex rules and restrictions that may complicate its use.  The regulations appear to import a rule from pending legislation that would prevent partners from crediting partnership capital contributions that are attributable to a loan from other partners or the partnership.
  • Other important aspects of the new regime including detailed rules for: determining the “recharacterization amount” and the applicable holding period, anti-abuse measures, and reporting requirements. 

A TPAC working group will be convening in the days ahead to develop comments and recommendations for Treasury and IRS officials related to the proposed regulations. 

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Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Introduces Bill to Tax Carried Interest at Ordinary Income Rates

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) yesterday introduced legislation to fundamentally alter the longstanding tax treatment of a profits interest in a real estate partnership. 

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) has introduced legislation to fundamentally alter the longstanding tax treatment of a profits interest in a real estate partnership.

  • The Wyden proposal (detailed summary of the legislation and one-pager) would depart dramatically from prior carried interest legislation by taxing partners before any capital gain or even rental income is generated by the partnership.  For example, it would give rise to large amounts of taxable (but phantom) income for a general partner with a profits interest during the pre-construction and development phase of a real estate project.
  • The legislation would treat a profits interest in a real estate partnership as an interest-free loan from the other partners. The bill would effectively tax the partner with a profits interest annually, at ordinary income rates, on his or her deemed share of the invested capital by multiplying the deemed share by a specified interest rate (9% plus the variable yield on a corporate bond index that is currently 2.93%).  The product would be considered taxable, ordinary income.
  • In addition to taxing partners currently on non-existent, illusory income, in many cases the legislation would not allow partners to recover the taxes down the road if the project ultimately fails to produce a capital gain.  That’s because the losses would be treated as capital losses that generally are nondeductible against ordinary income. 
  • General partners are currently taxed at ordinary income rates on their management fees and other income that is compensatory in nature.  Partners owe tax on any guaranteed payments for services provided.  Under the Wyden bill, however, a real estate entrepreneur would be taxed today on a partnership’s invested capital-capital at risk-irrespective of whether the project will ever generate income.  
  • The  Real Estate Roundtable opposes both Senate and House carried interest proposals. General partners earning a carried interest in a real estate partnership bear significant risks beyond direct capital contributions. These risks can include funding predevelopment costs, guaranteeing construction budgets and financing, and exposure to potential litigation over countless possibilities. 

  • Senator Wyden’s bill came just days after a televised interview in which President Trump indicated he still intends to address the carried interest issue.  (FOXBusiness, May 20).  “If President Trump wants to address carried interest and make the tax code more fair, he’ll be happy to support my new proposal,” said Sen. Wyden. (Wyden news release, May 23) 
  • Other legislative proposals to reform the taxation of carried interest were introduced in March by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and House Ways and Means Committee member Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ).  (News releasesBaldwin and Pascrell)
  • The Roundtable and 13 other national real estate organizations sent a letter to members of the House Ways and Means Committee on March 26 about the adverse impact that the Baldwin-Pascrell legislation (H.R. 1735) would have on U.S. real estate and entrepreneurial risk taking.  (Roundtable Weekly, March 29)  
  • The letter notes how the bill would result in a huge tax increase on Americans who use partnerships in businesses of all types and sizes – and would be particularly harmful to the nearly 8 million partners in U.S. real estate partnerships.  
  • The March 26 letter states, “The false narrative surrounding the carried interest issue is that it targets only a handful of hedge fund billionaires and Wall Street executives.  The carried interest legislation is far broader and would apply to real estate partnerships of all sizes-from two friends owning and leasing a townhome to a large private real estate fund with institutional investors.” 

The Real Estate Roundtable opposes both Senate and House carried interest proposals.  General partners earning a carried interest in a real estate partnership bear significant risks beyond direct capital contributions. These risks can include funding predevelopment costs, guaranteeing construction budgets and financing, and exposure to potential litigation over countless possibilities.